Pokémon Red And Blue (Gameboy) Review


Ah Pokémon, you have come so far since Red and Blue, you have added colour, more pixels, better camera angles and the latest edition being 3D, but do the original two Pokémon games, Pokémon Red Version and Pokémon Blue Version stand up today? Let’s Find Out!

Brief History

We know Pokémon today as Nintendo’s mega franchise that outsells other huge gaming franchises like Grand Theft Auto, The Sims and Call Of Duty, actually the only video game franchise to outsell Pokémon is Mario! Pokémon is not only known for its outstanding video games but has also branched of to an anime series, a manga series, trading card game, and many more different branches, and the man behind all this is series Satoshi Tajiri (pictured below) once stated that the concept for Pokémon was inspired by his love for collecting insects and studying them.


The story for Pokémon Red And Blue is pretty simple, and that is that you are a 10 year old boy name Red who lives in a town named Pallet Town who is tasked his local Pokémon Professor named Professor Oak to Catch ‘Em All but not alone, Red will be given a choice of 3 starter Pokémon named Charmander, Bulbasaur and Squirtle, who along side Pikachu are the most iconic Pokémon out there. Along side Red, Professor Oak has also given a starter Pokémon to Blue, Oaks grandson and your rival in the game. As simple as this story is you can go more in depth and watch a more cinematic take of Pokémon Red and Blue’s story with 2013’s Pokémon Origins that you can watch here, but note it may be a little darker than the classic Pokémon anime starring Ash, and I would personally not recommend it for younger audiences.


Pokémon Red and Blue’s game play mechanic is built around two types of Gameplay, one being the overworld where you interact with people around the environment, bust in to random houses without permission and run in tall grass to encounter wild Pokémon, this is one way to be entered in to the battle mechanic. The battle mechanic is a turn based battle system where you can fight other Pokémon until they “faint”, or catch the little Pocket Monsters and make them battle for you. You can level up your Pokémon by battling other Pokémon, leveling up your Pokémon will make them stronger and you will be able to defeat stronger enemies. The other way you can gt sucked in to battle is if a trainer links eyes with you, and forces you to battle.

Gyms are the equivalent of boss battles, with Gym Leaders being the boss itself. They are trainers who will have a roster of better trained and stronger Pokémon than you are used too, so as a reward for beating the Gyms you will earn a badge. Once you have collected enough badges you can battle the élite four. Other than catching ’em all beating the élite four is the main focus of the game.

Pokémon also revolutionized gaming via the fact that you could trade and battle Pokémon via the Gameboy Link Cable, this was also one of the main features that Nintendo marketed for the first Pokémon games, but other features were marketed by Nintendo like Catching ‘Em All! Check out these old commercials.


The Music in Pokémon Red and Blue is beautiful, it will stay in your head forever and will bring a tear to any Pokémon fans eye when the Pallet Town theme starts playing, with memories of their first Pokémon, and memories of visiting your (in-game) mother after you have beaten the game.

There is no point in me just telling you about how amazing the music is, have a listen to some of my favorite tracks here!

Listen to the entire Pokémon Red And Blue OST here!



There isn’t much to say about the Graphics in Pokémon Red and Blue, because today they don’t look all that appealing, and I’m not just saying that because it is an old game. Other games like The Legend Of Zelda: A Link To The Past and Super Mario Bros . 3 all have 8-bit or 16-bit graphics and they still look amazing today. Sadly it just happens to be that the Gameboys lack of power has led games on the system to age poorly in the graphics department. But on the plus side Pokémon Red and Blue is okay to look at. If you want something a bit better looking check out the Game Boy Advanced remakes named Pokémon Fire Red and Pokémon Leaf Green.


Pokémon Red and Blue are still extremely fun to play today, and to any Pokémon fan who hasn’t caught the original 150 I can highly recommend visiting, or revisiting this classic.If you don’t have an original copy to dust off it can be easily emulated on smart phones and tablets, or you can find an original copy on sites like Ebay for quite cheap.


[Source: Wikipedia 1, 2, 3]

Pokémon Red And Blue (Gameboy) Review
Pokémon Red and Blue still hold up today, they are both still extremely enjoyable and still stack up against todays games, if you haven't played it you need too!
Replay Value8
  • Extremely Beautiful Music
  • Fun Gameplay That Still Holds Up Today
  • Graphics Look Ugly By Todays Standards
  • Limited By It's Hardware
8.5Overall Score
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About The Author

News Writer/Reviewer (UK)

Zak is a gamer who has been playing Nintendo games since he could remember! His favorite franchises are Zelda & Animal Crossing, and his favorite games are The Legend Of Zelda: Majoras Mask and Super Mario 64. When he isn't playing video games, he's often outside playing sports while cramming for tests.